Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says he'll do all he can to bring out the best in Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

Prandelli gets the credit for bringing AC Milan's Antonio Cassano back from the brink of off the field problems and hopes Balotelli can follow suit.

"Antonio did it all by himself. He became aware of his strength and what he can give the Nazionale. Mario is on the right track too. He's a generous lad who is slowly finding within himself the way to put his talent at the disposal of his teammates, fighting for a single shared objective.

"The fans have understood him and now he needs to continue like this."